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Pastor Joe Couch

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Senior Pastor

Local Address:  Johnstown , Pennsylvania , United States
Pike Grace Brethren Church

Employment History

  • Youth Pastor
    Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church
  • Associate Pastor
    Myerstown Grace Brethren Church
  • Director of Outreach
    New Beginnings Church
  • Pastor
18 Total References
Web References
God is Our Rescuer and Deliverer ..., 29 June 2012 [cached]
God is Our Rescuer and Deliverer - Joe Couch
Joe Couch is the senior pastor at Pike Grace Brethren Church in Johnstown, Pa. Recently Joe and his wife, Ruth, had an incredible experience that underscored for them God's faithfulness. Here Joe tells the story in an email to friends.
Joe Couch
MGBC--Staff, 21 April 2003 [cached]
Joe Couch Youth Pastor
Pastor Joe ... [cached]
Pastor Joe Couch
Pike Grace Brethren Church is excited to announce that Pastor Joe Couch of Myerstown Grace Brethren Church has been asked to become our Pastor and he has accepted. We look forward to Pastor Joe and his family moving to the area. Please pray with us as we anticipate his arrival sometime in June. Pastor Joe is currently serving at Myerstown Grace Brethren Church as an Associate Pastor and his responsibilities include the Pastor of Evangelism and Outreach.
CE National Publications, 3 Dec 2010 [cached]
Outreach Ideas from Joe Couch of Pike Grace Brethren
Joe Couch (pictured), lead pastor of Pike Grace Brethren Church in Johnstown, Pa., has a huge heart for evangelism. Prior to the Johnstown church, Joe was director of outreach at New Beginnings Church in Myerstown, Pa. His outreach strategy is based on 1 Corinthians 9:16-27.
"First," says Joe, "woe is me if I do not preach the gospel. We must be proclaiming, with our mouths, the biblical gospel to the lost world. Secondly, we become all things to all men so that by all possible means we might save some; we do everything from street evangelism and open air preaching to relationship building and everything in between. During Joe's time at New Beginnings, he led the church in very creative evangelism opportunities.
Training is also important to Joe. "Many times people have great ideas on how to reach those around them," says Joe, "but they are too scared to do it because they think they don't know what to say. Training them and taking them out on the streets helps them see they can share their faith and then they come up with great ideas on how to reach those around them."
Joe believes it is vital for people to know how to share the gospel biblically. "So many don't know and understand the gospel, much less how to share it with someone and defend it in our day," says Joe.
"Thirdly," says Joe, "from 1 Cor. 9:16-27, winning the lost is hard work and we must run in such a way as to win. We cannot give up and we must work at it with all of our hearts."
Joe has recently taken on the senior pastor role at Pike Grace Brethren Church in Johnstown, Pa. He's only been there since July, but already they have planned a 3D archery tournament with an evangelist from Alabama who is a prostaffer on a hunting show, planned a Creation Conference with Creation Worldview Ministries, and has continued their tradition of giving food and gift cards to needy families.
Many churches encourage RAK's (Random Acts of Kindness). Joe feels it's more appropriate to do PAK's (Purposeful Acts of Kindness). "If you think about it," says Joe.
Joe sees much of Christianity in America shifting to putting faith in methods and strategies, entertainment and "draw cards," and that somehow the gospel of Jesus Christ needs help.
"Those things are not bad," continues Joe, "but many pastors and Christians I have spoken with seem to have more faith in these man-made things than the gospel. I have seen and still see many Christians who look at evangelism as a program or an event, not a way of life. God has ordained only one thing to save mankind and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed (1Corinthians 1:21; Romans 10:13-15,17), our faith must remain in the gospel, and not the arm of the flesh."
Joe believes that the gospel in the life and speech of a redeemed, changed, regenerated human being, filled with His Spirit, ministering out of a local church, is God's method and strategy to save mankind. "I believe when we see this," concludes Joe, "we will focus most of our effort on equipping the saints with the gospel not strategies.
Visitation will be held on Monday, ..., 15 Jan 2015 [cached]
Visitation will be held on Monday, January 19, 2014 at the Herman-Kinn Karlovetz Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Fremont from 2-4 p.m. & 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Grace Community Church on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 beginning at 11 a.m., with an hour of visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Grandson-in-law, Pastor Joe Couch will officiate.
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